Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Message to France...

Dear Paris,

You're not very metal so far. The only trace of your love for our sacred music has been a stout devotee in an Iron Maiden shirt. Consider stepping up your game.

Yours truly,
The Metal Advisor

In all seriousness, though, the search for metal hasn't been successful thus far. I'll be stepping into a jazz club in the next couple of nights - there's certainly no drought of music. Just metal. Cross your fingers, and pray along with me that some will appear!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Best Part of the Day is when the Mail Comes

I finally gave up on searching for the new Skeletonwitch album in stores, so I ended up nabbing it off Amazon. I couldn't resist grabbing a few other albums with it --let's see what I got.

The first record, Vader's Welcome to Morbid Reich, has been on my list since I heard a cut from the track list a few months ago. No, scratch that; these Polish death metallers have been on my radar for a few years now because they're one of the old school bands everyone tells you to check out. It just took me a little longer to get around to doing it.

You know how it is: there's an endless sea of great music to get sidetracked with. And, boy, does this record slay because the cover art fits the theme, but the Nazi-inspired theme gives me the creeps. Vader aren't Neo-Nazi in any way, however. Purchase success!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

King Diamond/Mercyful Fate

Man, oh, man. I leave for France soon. Guess I better get another post or two in, huh?

To be honest with you, I'm not quite sure what I want to write about tonight. After I included Abigail in my "five heavy metal albums to hear before you die" post, King Diamond and Mercyful Fate's music really hit home. For whatever reason, I'm having a weird flashback to a core group of heavy metal albums that helped establish my taste in music; King Diamond's Them was there, along with Meryful Fate's Don't Break the Oath. It almost seems like it was a dream. How time flies.

In any case, Mercyful Fate was King's base before he went on to establish his highly-successful and influential solo project. He would have other flings with Mercyful fate, and though they are usually very good, they didn't match the first two records the band released, and they don't entirely showcase the best they had to offer. I'm not exactly sure which of the two I favor, either, but they both hold excellent track rosters, unmatched by many other bands.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Five Heavy Metal Albums You Should Hear Before You Die

This one has been a long time in the making because heavy metal is one of my favorite subgenres. This ain't no big thing for me to do, either, because this type of music was my intro to the metal world and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

1. Rest assured, you were going to see Powerslave as the only representation of Maiden here, but since I've already blabbered about it everywhere else, another classic will suffice. While Iron Maiden certainly have a surplus of excellent albums under their name, Somewhere in Time is a particularly flawless release from the band, in regards to songwriting. 1986 saw the integration of guitar synths, which you either really love or really hate; they gave a unique feel to the music with their flangey textures and add a layer absent on previous records--see "Sea of Madness" as an example. Somewhere in Time is home to a number of Maiden classics, but the best tracks are the ones that don't always get the top spotlight. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Deja Vu" are must hears before you pass your soul to the metal gods.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Music Video: Iron Maiden's "Aces High"

As you know, school can be killer. It was last week. And this week. Hopefully it's kinder in the coming days.

For now, give this classic metal anthem a listen. You can't go wrong with it.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Music Video: Immolation's "Illumination"

I actually have a few minutes to take a little study respite, so I'll pass along the newest Immolation video for "Illumination" off their newest EP, Providence. Check it out. It ain't too bad despite being somewhat cheesy.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987)

I love the cover art.
Despite positive reviews all around the net for Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I, I can't say I've ever found any fondness for the album, especially when the band's earlier and later works are much more aggressive. That's not to say the record doesn't have its fair share of great tracks because it does; it's just that my main beef lies with the lack of memorability, which keeps me coming back to albums for years on end. When I'm listening to Keeper, I can find something to enjoy about it, but once the songs come and go, I can't remember what I've heard.

Keeper, in turn, fails to scratch my power metal itch, so I tend to look elsewhere to fulfill my needs. I realize this was a groundbreaking and influential album, but it leaves something to be desired, especially when other power metal bands brought galloping riffs and gruff vocals to the table. But that's just it: Helloween were developing the Euro power metal sound, which was much different than the USPM movement in the United States.